Atlantic presents this raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. More…
"Eddie and Dave" is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats ("Miles for Mary," Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.
See it if If your into the band, the personalities that clashed and the genre of music. If you want to relive your MTV glory days.
Don't see it if You want a well written play that has good acting or story to it. Women play the men in this show.
See it if you like fun, theatrical, weird, stylized comedies that remind you how playful theater can be.
Don't see it if you're looking for some realism. You won't find it here. (That doesn't mean you won't find honest performances!)
See it if You loved Van Halen & are curious about the group’s history & various comebacks, How bands break up &!whatever happened to David Lee Roth?
Don't see it if You don’t like cross gender casting, not a fan of rock history or music, don’t care about Van Halen or Roth, don’t like absurd comedy
See it if Detailed drag parody (satirical gender role-reversal) of rift between VH bros., and peacock Diamond Dave. Injection of drag Val Bertinelli.
Don't see it if MTV generation demographic-specific.Quiet stadium rock bio. Only samples of 3 songs.Need to ably identify a VJ. Unwanted tufts of body hair.
Also Playwright doubles as lead Van Halen brother.
See it if you're looking for light fare with a sense of humor & enjoy watching actors having a great time; Omer Abbas Salem is particularly good.
Don't see it if you want something meaty and/or serious; the play is light and fun but the novelty wears thin after about 1/2 hour; music comes in snippets.
See it if Bioplay with actresses and actor in opposite gender roles telling a parody of the Van Halen band’s story.
Don't see it if Unless you are intrigued by gender-switching casting. Don’t expect to hear very much Van Halen.
See it if you're nostalgic for 1980s MTV culture, were a Van Halen or David Lee Roth fan, or enjoy weird quirky shows.
Don't see it if you don't like quirky plays which switch the gender roles of characters, have no interest in pop culture of 1980s, or want a serious play
See it if You want to see a playwright take a chance and hit a homerun!
Don't see it if You are going to try to analyze this with a magnifying glass because you want to see a serious or accurate portrayal of Van Halen’s career
See it if A cross gender affectionate paean to a dramatic talented hair band.
Don't see it if The drama never rises to anything authentic. Is it played for laughs or pathos?
See it if Over-the-top humorous take on the rock band Van Halen told through a MTV VJ narrator with gender role reversal, outrageous costumes & hair
Don't see it if you want something serious, want Van Halen's music (only a few snippets) & don't want something that can seem like an extended skit
See it if Enjoy quirky but well-written and directed plays. Funny yet with some heart.
Don't see it if Wish for more traditional theater. Quirky may not be for everyone.
See it if you're up for an evening of some silly, over-the-top entertainment. The cast displays enthusiasm and the end result is enjoyable.
Don't see it if you're looking for something serious. Although one does gain some insight in the long-lasting Eddie van Halen/David Lee Roth rift.
See it if I thought it was just great fun. The gender switch of having the band members played by females worked well. It was also educational.
Don't see it if If you never loved Rock music
See it if you love Van Halen, will tolerate good actors in reverse drag, a great set and special effects and were alive during their fame
Don't see it if you expect new insights, or expect a real play (as opposed to one person's obsession with a youthful fantasy).
See it if You enjoy a unique story about the pop scene performed by an all female cast. Very cleverly performed and unexpectedly interesting & clever.
Don't see it if You don't care anything about Eddie Van Halen & David Lee Roth's shenanigans or don't know about their talents and music.
See it if You’ve followed Van Halen over the years and would enjoy talented actresses acting out the highlights, with some recorded music & no singing
Don't see it if You haven’t followed the band’s antics. I would have preferred a mash-up of acting, videos, lip synching, to break up the story
See it if you like actors that yell instead of act, dialogue that includes "fuck" in almost every sentence, and an unimaginative rehash of history.
Don't see it if you have any taste at all.
See it if you want to be entertained by a story of old rockers - Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The gender switch is brilliant.
Don't see it if you cannot abide plays where women play men and men play women. Also, if you are sensitive to loud music.
See it if for some silly fun. Will get to know these rockers even if you don't know anything about them. Energetic and extravagant.
Don't see it if you can't surrender to silly. Or can't stand rock. Or can't take gender reversal acting.
See it if You like Van Halen and want to know more about the band and its members. You appreciate women playing male roles and vice versa.
Don't see it if You prefer less campy plays with better acting and more thought provoking.
See it if You were a super fan of Van Halen
Don't see it if You don’t like to amateurish performances. Its only redeeming feature was the actor playing Valerie Bertinelli.
See it if Still want your MTV? A fun look at Van Halen, the success, failures, personal "highs" and lows made all the better by the gender switching.
Don't see it if You expect a story about rockers to be a musical.
See it if You want to have a fun evening. I had no idea that this play was about, but I learned a lot about Van Halen, and laughed a lot.
Don't see it if You don’t like gender bending roles. The male roles are played by women and Valerie Bertinelli is played by a man.
See it if you yearn for the 80s, want to see something different, or need a few good laughs caused by a new kind of camping it up
Don't see it if you don't have a fondness for any kind of Rock, need your characters played straight, or can't find humor in life.